I've always loved the name "nylon." Combining as it does the names New York and London, it seems romantic and beautiful and never fails to make me think of the early days of commercial air travel. Rayon doesn't have the same aura of lost luxury, and viscose makes an unpleasant picture in my mind. Orlon and dacron were snappy names, but I remember well the unpleasant-to-wear early garments those fibres were used for. Polyester sounds oversexed, somehow. One cannot beat wool, cotton, silk, and linen.
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